From the other side of the Mountains comes this analysis on NY23 by the recently dormant "WhatsUP NY23" blogger. While long a supporter of Doug Hoffman for Congress, our anonymous friend (and he/she need not be because its well written) counters the view being advanced by the MSM that the refusal to take a loyalty pledge to support the GOP nominee is a problem for Hoffman in his coming primary against Matt Doheny.
Hoffman has said only he can secure both the GOP and Conservative Party lines so therefore he has the best shot at defeating Rep. Bill Owens. There is truth to that theory but many Republican leaders privately say Mr. Hoffman is being arrogant and that he is too tea partyish and quirky to beat the smooth as glass Mr. Owens.
The fear everyone hangs out there is another three way race if Mr. Doheny wins the September primary.
The late date of the primary is problematic for the GOP....Even Doheny supporters concede this...But you have to play the hand you are dealt and a convincing win by Doheny in the primary would in effect cause a Conservative-only candidacy by Hoffman to fold, even though he technically cannot get off the ballot.
Watertown Daily Times has another piece up about Doug Hoffman having the Conservative line for the 2010 NY-23 congressional race